The weirdest part about getting prepared for this trip is packing both ur summer and winter clothes, coz as u start climbing you will experience near zero temperatures with headwinds gushing at several kms/hr. I am telling you, if you are not prepared,hmm..chances are u r already descending down. It is a tragedy that many people return half way through the climb only to regret over their failed attempt aggravated by their unpreparedness. Bringing a good amount of food is neccessary as we need to stack up a lot of energy. Beware, public utilities are few and far between, so too much eating or drinking might also have to be restricted. The first 90 minutes and the last 90 minutes are entirely 2 anomalies in the types of terrain the Fuji-san presents to its 30% foreign visitors. It starts as a mud slope to become more of rugged rocks that leave little footing and no bounds to hold u back in case u slip. Disturbing a single rock might get it rolling down to the ground level as a juggernaut. Yes, its that bad!. we started to climb at 5:30pm, and as we went up, we were able to thank the skies for clearing up so we could witness the sunset and some beautiful sceneries of YAMANAKO-lake and KAWAGUCHI-lake. We still had a long way to go, and it was kindaa gettign darker and deeper. I reminded myself of Robert Frost poem: "The woods are lovely dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep"